Sky has unveiled a subscription-based music download service to rival Apple’s iTunes online store.
Universal Music has already signed up to the service, which will be launched later this year.
Sky says it is in discussions with other music companies – both majors and independents – and expects to announce further additions soon.
Users will pay a single monthly subscription which will allow them unlimited listening to tracks through streaming as well as downloads to keep.
Sky says a range of subscription options will be available, offering different download packages tailored to customers’ needs.
Downloaded tracks will work on any MP3-compatible device, including iPods, MP3 players and mobile phones.
BSkyB chief operating officer Mike Darcey said: ‘It’s clear that there’s huge demand for online music and companies like Sky and Universal Music are well placed to work together to meet consumers’ needs.
‘We aim to offer an easy and affordable service for all UK music fans, while ensuring that artists are properly rewarded for their creativity.’
Sky says that further details – including pricing and the name of the service – will be announced at a later date.